Lionel Messi has agreed to a new contract with his old club – FC Barcelona, claims a report on Wednesday.
Messi has been negotiating a new contract with Barcelona for a long time. According to the news of Sport, it was stated that the parties have agreed on a new 5-year contract for a long time, and Messi has reduced his salary by 50%.
For a long time, Barcelona has been pondering hard on freeing up space in their salary cap that will allow a club icon to be tied down on fresh terms.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta has also stated that contract talks with Messi are “progressing adequately” and are optimistic about retaining the talismanic footballer.
Last summer, Messi tried to force an exit but relented due to a wish not to drag Barca through the courts while accusing former president Josep Bartomeu of not keeping his word.
However, getting Messi to stay on until retirement has been the chief priority of Bartomeu’s successor Laporta. The latter took over the reins in March.